Blowhard, Esq. writes:
I watched FIFTY SHADES DARKER and JOHN WICK 2 over the weekend, neither of which were very good movies, yet both are partially redeemed by the performances of Dakota Johnson and Keanu Reeves respectively. After watching them back-to-back, I couldn’t help but notice a glaring hypocrisy regarding the general response to these movies. I’ve noted before how many have taken the 50 Shades franchise to task for, supposedly the “romanticization of abuse.” Women will watch these movies in which stalking, emotional abuse, physical abuse, pumpkin spice lattes, and other bad things are glorified, the argument goes, thereby falling prey to the same evils in their real lives.
Yet I don’t hear much from progressives criticizing the fetishization of guns in the John Wick movies. To be fair, there have been a few, but what I’ve heard mainly from movie fans is how badass the series is. These same people in the next breath denounce gun violence and call for strict gun control, thereby demonstrating that most people are perfectly capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. If John Wick fans can enjoy gun violence in movies without committing gun violence in real life, then maybe Fifty Shades fans can enjoy sex violence without subjecting themselves to sex violence in real life. (This is assuming that the acts in Fifty Shades are abusive, which I don’t concede they are, but let’s grant it for the sake of argument.)
- Via Box Office Mojo I learned that FIFTY SHADES DARKER had a bigger opening weekend and grossed more overall than both JOHN WICK 2 and BABY DRIVER.